GULFPORT, Miss. (AP/Meredith) — A third brother now faces charges stemming from the slaying of a Mississippi police officer outside his police station, bringing the total number of people charged in the incident to six.
Gulfport police tell local news outlets that they arrested 20-year-old Wanya Toquest Atkinson of Ocean Springs on Wednesday, charging him with accessory after the fact.
Atkinson is the brother of Darian Tawan Atkinson, 19, who's charged with capital murder in the May 5 shooting of Biloxi Patrolman Robert McKeithen.
"The only thing I remember him telling me was that I was so lucky to be alive. He was so nice. I felt so bad."
Investigators allege Wanya Atkinson is one of five people who aided his brother Darian Atkinson after the killing, including a third brother, Davian Lewanika Atkinson, 21. Others charged include 18-year-old Andre A. Sullivan, 20-year-old Dalentez Latavian Brice, and 21-year-old Joshua Michael Kovach. All were charged as an accessory after the fact.
A judge set $500,000 bail for Wanya Atkinson, who's jailed in Harrison County. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.
Investigators from Gulfport and Biloxi made a fresh search Wednesday of areas outside the Biloxi police station, looking for evidence.
McKeithen, 57, had worked for Biloxi Police Department for almost 24 years.
A sworn statement filed by a sheriff's deputy, Nickolas Pennington, said surveillance video at the police station showed a man walking up behind McKeithen and shooting him several times, according to WLOX-TV. The video then showed the shooter running through the parking lot.
McKeithen's wife, Pamela McKeithen, said in a video released by the city of Biloxi that her husband loved being a police officer.